Klong Tom Hot Spring
Klong Tom Hot Spring is a wonder not to be missed on a trip to Krabi. The waterfall gently cascaded down into spring water which bubbles up from the earth at a temperature of more than 50 degrees. By the time it reaches the cascade it has cooled down sufficiently to be pleasant and the stream below is even suitabel for swimming. A walkway leads through to the forest where there are changing facilities.
In the south of Krabi province in Klong Thom district (around 70km from town and near the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve), are nature’s own hot-tub jacuzzis, known as (nam tok rawn) in Thai. The water here comes from thermal springs, originating deep underground in volcanic chambers. Located in the jungle, this site features naturally hollowed-out ‘bathtubs’ in the smooth stone, filled to the brim with fresh running spring water at a pleasant 35-40C. After a soak, take a refreshing dip in the cool river below.
Due to the popularity of the springs, water from the source has also been diverted into larger man-made bathing pools on the same site and changing facilities are now available for visitors.
The mineral salts contained in the hot spring water are said to ease a number of ailments, including rheumatism, sciatica and skin complaints. Although these medical claims are unproven, the effect of simply lazing in hot water up to your chin, watching the clouds go by, certainly has positive health benefits.
A visit to the Hot Springs would not be complete without a trip to the nearby ‘Crystal Pool’ in Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. Also known as Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot in Thai), this is an astonishly-hued natural pool found in a clearing after a short walk through the forest, that is filled with pure spring water although at ambient temperature. Swimming is possible here.
Klong Tom Hot Spring Accommodation
• Hotel & resort, guest house in Krabi town
Activities in Klong Tom Hot Spring
• Bath in the hot spring, swim in the cool water and in the waterfall itself
Best time for visit Klong Tom Hot Spring
June to September
Take a taxi or tuk tuk from Krabi Town.